Timo Werner has had 16 goals ruled out since he joined Chelsea, but today he must be a very relieved man?
“All of us [are relieved] but in the end, he was where he needs to be. If we have a ball from Ross (Barkley) like we had, a delivery from Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta), you need to be there.
“We have the feeling that every time he scores there is a VAR decision ready to take it away from him. These are very narrow decisions:
I remember one against Liverpool that was super close.
“He has to keep on going, he can improve his game, a lot to improve but we are happy and relieved also that he scored in the late minutes of this game.
It was a very important goal to secure the win and on the other hand he was there where he needed to be.”
You brought back the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ben Chiwell today. Then you brought on Ross Barkley, did you feel you needed these changes?
Yes because otherwise I wouldn’t have done it. Ross had a very good situation in Juventus when he delivered the pass to Romelu (Lukaku) for our biggest chance of the game and Ruben had a good match in the cup.
Most important is that I feel Ruben and Ross at the moment feel no pressure.
They are happy to have these chances, to feel the support, and perhaps six weeks ago they couldn’t have imagined they were in the situation to get real minutes, important minutes.
“So they can help us because they have this kind of positive spirit and they didn’t feel the pressure. In the last two games, of course, we lost and we felt something was lacking.
So we decided to put Ruben because we were aware of their high pressing in midfield but we wanted to go through midfield.
Ruben and Kova [Mateo Kovacic] can not only pass but drive with the ball to escape the press. That is the reason we picked them.
“For Ross, we hoped he could show what he shows in training.
He is very active, does not feel the pressure and is always ready to create something.
He has a strong right foot and has sharp passing.”We hope he could create or shoot from distance and increase the pressure around the box.
You turned to Ross Barkley ahead of Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech, is their form a big concern to you at the moment?
We always try to do our best to get the players in the best shape but at some point, after a lot of chances, we have to admit that Kai and Hakim are not in their very best shape.
“That may not even be their fault it’s just like this at the moment.
They struggle at the moment to be decisive. But we had a period after pre-season when Kai and Hakim were very decisive for us.
Hakim was a key player throughout our preparation and in his first game against Villarreal in the Super Cup.
Kai also delivered the assist for Hakim’s goal.”They have maybe lost a bit of belief, confidence, whatever. We will not stop trying to boost them.
Nobody is angry at them and nobody has major concerns, but we have to pay attention to the actual form.
“We need to win games and today was a day that we needed a bit of a mix of players who are used to our style with quick decisions because we knew about Southampton’s pressing.
“And on the other hand, we wanted other players who maybe don’t feel the pressure so much and maybe don’t have the same high expectations of themselves and also from us the expectations are also very high for Kai, Timo, Hakim.
“That’s not because we want to overwhelm them but because we know what they can deliver and we want to have it.
At a club like Chelsea, you need to be sharp every three days and fight for your place. This is what is going on.”